Book Review: Fly a Little Higher

book fly a little higher by laura sobiech
Fly a Little Higher
How God Answered a Mom's Small Prayer in a Big Way
By Laura Sobiech

A mother's love, a son's battle with cancer, and the hit song that touched millions of lives. When Laura Sobiech learned seventeen year old Zach had one year to live she asked her son to write good-bye letters to friends and family. She also offered one last prayer: "Okay Lord, you can have him. But if he must die, I want it to be for something big. I want someone's life to be changed forever." God answered her in ways she could never have imagined. Zach decided to write songs instead of letters and one of them, "Clouds" made him an international sensation. The song became the number one downloaded song on iTunes, and Zach's documentary, My Last Days - produced by SoulPancake, the media co-creat by The Office's Rainn Wilson -has been viewed more than twelve million times across the globe. Zach once said "I want to be known as the kid who went down fighting and didn't really lose" Flying a Little Higher shows how God used Zach's life to teach us how to win big.

Seventeen Year Old Zach Sobiech stood center stage, guitar in hand a huge smile on his face as he sang to the sold-out crowd at First Avenue a revered venue in Minneapolis. He strummed the final chords to "Clouds" his farewell song for family and friends. "We'll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer; it won't be long now," he sang. Zach was battling osteosarcoma a form of bone cancer. When he wrote "Clouds" at home in his family room he had no idea how big it would become. A Twin Cities based radio station heard Zach's story and partnered with him to record the song in their studio. Soon local radio stations were playing the song in regular oration and the "Clouds" video which was posted on youtube was reaching millions of views. 

When I saw this book, I had never heard of Zach Sobiech or his story. To be honest I thought it was going to be one of those books like Heaven is for Real where with enough courage and praying everything ends up okay, but that isn't the case Zach dies. Before he does though he writes a song that really does affect millions of people. This is an emotionally heartbreaking book, that at times manages to have a lot of joy in it, and one that I think is for sure worth reading. 

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